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					                                        Ben Williams
                      Online Portfolio at www.benlwilliams.com
                 blw0010@gmail.com • 469-387-4998 • Flower Mound, TX
WHO I AM
  I am a well rounded Web Developer, Information Architect, and User Interface Designer. I have
  extensive experience creating websites from the ground up, integrating many with a variety of CMS’s
  including DotNetNuke, Wordpress, SilverStripe, and Perch. I have developed branding, corporate
  identities, public facing websites, intranet sites, and advertisements for professional products and
  services. My recent interests have been leaning towards large-scale web application
  development/architecture and the “mobile web”.

TECHNICAL SKILLS & SOFTWARE
  Web Design:
  Front-end specialist; HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, JavaScript, with a dash of PHP
  Content Management Systems:
  DotNetNuke, Perch, Drupal, Wordpress
  Web Strategy and Best Practices:
  Information Architecture, UI design, Graphic Design, Content Strategy, SEO
  Graphic Design:
  Photoshop, Fireworks
  OS & Common Business Software:
  Macintosh and Windows OS, Word, Excel, Power Point

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
  Genares Worldwide Reservations
  Web Developer/Designer | July 2011 - Present
  I am responsible for everything website related, including the company’s corporate websites, front-end
  development for the company's booking engine, and client website development.
       Used Template Toolkit 2 for controlling The Genares Booking Engine and Mobile Booking
          Engine’s View layer of the engine’s MVC.
       Created custom header/footers that wrap around the Genares Booking Engine so that the
          transition from the hotel website to the Booking Engine is visually smooth.
       Created other internally used HTML/CSS/JavaScript based presentations for use in RFPs.
       In process of customizing a Drupal based solution for custom Hotel web sites.

  DFW International Airport
  Intranet Redesign Consultant | April 2011 - June 2011
  Brought in as a consultant to assist in the management and implementation of the Airport’s employee
  intranet site. The ultimate goal being to create a more pleasant user experience, allow employees to
  quickly and easily find specific content, as well as to easily browse and learn about all the departments
  and initiatives of the Airport.
        Acted as liaison between the Internal Communications, the IT department, and a third party
           online marketing agency.
        Performed detailed review with written recommendations for improvements.
        Implemented dozens of improvements to the Intranet already in place while the redesign was
           still underway.
        Created training documentation for Intranet contributors and set up a plan for continuous
           training to circumvent the tendency of irregular practices between contributors trained at
           different times by different people.
        Created a tracking system for the popularity of Intranet news articles.
        Set up a MailChimp account for various employee newsletters.
Rivalroo
Lead Web Developer & Project Manager | November 2009 - April 2011
Specializing in UI design, strategy, front-end code, SEO, and graphic design of www.rivalroo.com.
    Solely responsible for all (X)HTML & CSS.
    Responsible for 95% site’s JavaScript, using jQuery.
    Project manager for all development related activities, managing two programmers and two
        other less technical employees.
    Responsible for taking the founder’s visions for site and creating sound Information
        Architecture and UI design.
    Conceptualized and planned the technical implementation of the Rivalroo Teammates
        program and the Teammates administration website (teammates.rivalroo.com), which allows
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        3 parties to put instances of Rivalroo’s core chat feature on their own websites.
    Created two training videos explaining how the Teammates Program works.
    Created detailed documentation of Rivalroo and the Teammates Program. This documentation
        was used as a guide for our Patent attorney.

Various Freelance & Contract work
July 2009 - November 2009
Offered web development services to a variety of clients as both an independent freelancer (W-9) and
contractor (W-2). Clients include Fossil, BeautiControl, Puritan Life, Worlds of Wow, Ingen Systems,
Fast Armadillo, and Picture This. Responsibilities included:
      All-inclusive information architecture, graphic/UI design, SEO, and CMS integration for
         puritanlife.com and worldsofwow.com.
      Sub-contractor doing custom coding and CMS integration for various new websites by Picture
         This and Fast Armadillo.
      Maintenance and improvements to information architecture of Beauti Control’s intranet.
      Maintenance and email marketing work for Fossil.com

Ingen Systems
Web UI Engineer | October 2008 - July 2009
Front-end Web UI Designer/Developer for client projects.
     Created attractive, usable, and standards compliant websites.
     Key participant in company/client meetings.
     Ensured information architecture and usability throughout the UI design.
     Owned the visual design guide and specifications.
     Worked with back-end engineers to deliver the final product.
     Maintained company and client public websites.
     Most of the Ingen Systems work revolved around DotNetNuke powered websites.

Al Boenker Insurance
Web Master | November 2007 – September 2008
Completely redesigned three main company web sites. Solely responsible for all of the following:
     Creating an updated web presence for public facing websites.
     Information architecture.
     Vast improvements to usability and SEO.
     Graphic design and UI design.
     Front-end and simple back-end code.
     Complex form processing, connecting to an email list service via their API, and generating a
       specially formatted text file to be attached to emails when users complete certain forms.
     Also responsible for smaller web design projects that the company has from time to time.

Sabre Holdings
Web Developer (Contractor) | June 2007 – October 2007
Maintained corporate web sites and assisted in information architecture of intranet.
    Brought organization and order to a massive intranet site made up of thousands of pages of
        information.
    Created cross-browser compatible HTML and CSS code.
    Participated in usability testing as test taker and observer.
    Created marketing concepts for web advertising and email marketing.
  Idearc Media
  Web Designer (Contractor) | April 2007 – June 2007
  Short term contract web designer.
       Develop, implement, and maintain over 100 unique websites by using Netopia’s NXG platform.
       Heavy use of Photoshop, and Fireworks, designing 3 to 5 unique small websites a day.
       Coded websites using NXG and custom HTML & CSS.

EDUCATION
  Sessions.edu
  Advanced Certification in Web Design | 2007
  Basic Certification in Web Design | 2006
  University of North Texas
  Bachelor of Business Administration | 2004 - Major in Logistics

  Book Education
  A partial list of books I have read for my continuing education:
       Definitive Guide to Drupal 7
       JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
       iPhone Human Interface Guidelines for Web Applications from developer.apple.com
       The Smashing Book
       Rework
       The Principals of Project Management
       The Web Designer’s Idea Book
       Sexy Web Design
       Learning jQuery: Better Interaction Design and Web Development with Simple JavaScript
           Techniques
       Unleashing the Ideavirus
       Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Using C# & VB
       Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 E-Commerce in C# 2005: From Novice to Professional
       The Search Engine Marketing Kit
       The Big Red Fez: How to Make Any Web Site Better
       ppk on JavaScript
       Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
       CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
       PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide

  Blogs I follow:
  I keep up to date on the latest in the web development community by following these blogs and
  websites:
       24ways.org
       alistapart.com
       AarronWalter.com
       boxesandarrows.com
       css-tricks.com
       csswizardry.com
       danielmall.com
       feltpresence.com
       html5doctor.com
       impressivewebs.com
       net.tutsplus.com
       nicholasgallagher.com
       simplebits.com
       smashingmagazine.com
       snook.ca
       stuffandnonsense.co.uk
       uxbooth.com
       viget.com (Advance, Engage, and Inspire blogs)
       whatmakesthemclick.net
REFERENCES:
 Will Ballard
 Pervious Owner of Ingen Systems / Current Owner of Fast Armadillo
 972-804-4656
 will@fastarmadillo.com

 Chad Cox
 Owner of Buzz Rocket Media
 707-336-2899
 chad@buzzrocketmedia.com

 David Zappasodi
 IT Director at Puritan Financial Companies
 817-707-1349
 david@puritanlife.com

 Don Owens
 President of Empower Insurance
 817-307-0657
 dowens@empowerins.com

 Matt Meredith
 President & Founder of Rivalroo
 214-906-0289
 matt@rivalroo.com

				
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